The Quebec City SPA will soon be offering free cat adoption for two days to help him vacate his shelter and withstand the wave of animal abandonment during the moving season.
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For some time now, the organization has been taking in between 15 and 20 cats each day, while fewer than five are put up for adoption each day. As a result, the Quebec SPA’s sanctuary is completely overcrowded with 70 animals.
“The adoption and pre-adoption departments, which can accommodate 50 cats, are full. And even if we weren’t to do that, we have about twenty others elsewhere in the shelter because we have nowhere to place them,” explains Félix Tremblay, director general of the organization.
The latter believes that a wave of layoffs accompanying the move will put even more pressure on the organization.
For these reasons, the SPA de Québec has decided to allow its cats to be adopted for free on June 28th and 29th. However, adopters will be limited to one cat.
This is a first for the organization which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in three years. Although the adoption is free, the public is asked to make a voluntary contribution if they choose, as this decision will save the SPA approximately $10,000.
It should also be noted that standard adoption procedures apply to ensure the animal finds a loving family to care for it.
“We reserve the right to refuse an adoption if the criteria are not met,” says Mr Tremblay.
Demand is waning
In addition, the organization’s executive director notes that enthusiasm for adoption has been declining for some time.
For example, it now takes a few days to adopt kittens that were usually gone within hours.
“What we are wondering is whether the adoptions that were supposed to happen in 2022-2023-2024 happened in 2021 during the boom of the pandemic? Because then there could be problems,” he fears.